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need an antidepressant?

Hmm….what to do, what to do…..Should you take another pill or find another way to make you smile?

Try these first.  Doctor’s orders.

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Feeling better yet?  No?  Ok, keep going….

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And possibly my FAVORITE antidepressant………

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Now….smile and go about your day!

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still eating fast food? welcome to the dark side…..

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Are you still eating this stuff? Seriously?  After all the blogs?  After all the talk shows?  After all the magazine articles?  Sigh……

Ok….let’s go over this AGAIN

Here’s what we know.  Fast food and take-out restaurants are everywhere.  Unfortunately they have even cropped up in hospitals and schools.  But they are LOADED with fat….salt….calories….and very little fiber, people!  A decade ago, an original burger, fries and coke at McDonald’s contained 660 calories.  Was that good enough for us?  Noooooo!

We had to SUPER SIZE!  Now a SUPER SIZE value meal contains an incredible 1,450 calories….FOR ONE MEAL!  (insert eye roll and overly dramatic sigh here)

Still not convinced?  Well, this might do it. 

Here is a list of “10 DISGUSTING OBJECTS ALLEGEDLY FOUND IN FAST FOOD (from theweek.com) Yeah, you might want to put your burger down while you check this out…

  • An unidentifiable chicken organ
  • A syringe
  • A condom
  • A knife
  • A Band-Aid
  • Deep-fried chicken head
  • Feathers
  • Human flesh
  • A mouse
  • A finger

There we go!  There’s the gag I was looking for!!  So check out the complete article HERE so you can get all the juicy details of what they were really eating, k?

And don’t even get me started on eating the “healthy” salad from the fast food restaurant because of them being dusted with Propylene Glycerol, a chemical commonly found in antifreeze. In its concentrated form, the chemical has been known to cause eye and skin irritation…..yeah, and it’s wrong….just wrong!

PACK A LUNCH, PEOPLE!!

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so….what’s your poison?

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No, seriously.  Do you think you’ve been poisoned? 

Did you know that next to the common cold, food poisoning is our most prevalent infection, afflicting perhaps as many as 90 million North Americans? (thank you, Readers Digest!)  The actual number may be far higher since food poisoning signs mimic flu and diarrhea symptoms.  Even with government inspections, safer packaging, refrigeration and all the chemical preservatives, food poisoning is on the rise (mostly in children and the elderly).

Botulism is poisoning by a micro-organism similar to that causing tetanus.  Found in home canned goods, improperly packed and sterilized canned products and contaminated vegetables, fruits, fish and condiments.  Within 18-36 hours, double vision and difficulty with muscular coordination, including chewing, swallowing, breathing and speech, set in.

Salmonella is widespread coming from bacteria found in hormone injected beef and poultry.  Within 12-48 hours, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and fever, set in, lasting 1 to 4 days.

E-coli is a bacterial infection that attacks the kidneys and sickens as many as 20,000 Americans each year and kills several hundred.  Most symptoms include bloody diarrhea and vomiting.  In severe cases, seizure, paralysis and even death.  Symptoms appear within 24-48 hours.

Lysteria Monocytogenes is an organism found in the soil and intestinal tracts of humans, animals, insects and birds.  Infection usually follows eating contaminated dairy products and raw vegetables.  Adults may develop meningitis, with headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.  Eye inflammation and swollen lymph nodes sometimes develop.  Symptoms usually appear in 8-24 hours.

Trichinella is found in raw or undercooked pork that has been fed contaminated meat.  Within 24-48 hours a person will experience fever and diarrhea with pain and respiratory problems.

Don’t have time for all that nonsense?  Use the two hour rule in your home to keep your family safe.  Refrigerate or freeze all perishables within two hours of purchase or preparation.  If the weather is hot, like it is here in sunny AZ, then you should reduce that time to one hour and use a cooler for perishables.  The highest risk foods are meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, dairy products and mayonnaise mixtures.  It’s easy to keep a cooler in your car for those long treks to and from the store to keep your groceries safe.  Don’t forget to ask for a bag of ice at the checkout and just place it on top of your items, if you don’t want to open it up.

Remember….heat and humidity greatly increase the risk of food spoilage, so never store food in warm places, like near the stove or refrigerator.  And I KNOW you keep your cleaning products WAY FAR AWAY from all your food too, don’t you!!!??

Wash your produce, keep your meats cold (and don’t defrost at room temperature, please….use the bottom shelf of the fridge) and keep your family safe this summer!

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what the heck is cupping?

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Have you heard of this?  My mother recently came to visit me in Phoenix and I noticed a round, purple-ish area on the back of her shoulder and I couldn’t imagine what she had done!  When I asked, she replied, “Cupping!”……..like I was supposed to know what the heck that was!

Turns out, cupping is pretty popular and has been around forever!  It is a practice where a small cup first has a flame that is used to heat the inside of the cup.  Then the cup is placed on the skin (nope, it doesn’t burn you) on your back.  The lack of pressure in the cup creates a vacuum that slightly pulls the skin and muscle tissue into the cup. This suction draws stagnant blood and fluid to the surface where the body can more easily remove it. Instead of compressing, pushing, or stripping the body tissue against bone structure and against itself, like when you get a normal massage, cupping allows the person to pull the body tissue out and away from the body. Cupping is a classic deep tissue massage technique in reverse!

OUCHIE!  DOES IT HURT? (mom says no)

According to Acupuncture Today, “While cupping is considered relatively safe (especially air cupping, which does not include the risk of fire and heat), it can cause some swelling and bruising on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days of treatment.

In addition, there are several instances where cupping should not be performed. Patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily, are not suitable candidates for cupping. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back. If the cups are being moved, they should not cross bony areas, such as the ridges of the spine or the shoulder blades.”

This is the new rage with some celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, to name a few….but if MY MOM says it works…….THEN, PEOPLE….IT WORKS!!

You can check out some videos on YouTube.  It’s pretty creepy, so I didn’t post one.  But hey, even Jackie Chan did it in the Karate Kid remake!  So!  There you go!

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I’m a little too tense to be stressed….

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What the heck is stressStress is your body’s reaction to anything your brain finds upsetting.  Period.

Stress is a part of life, whether it be, gasp! bathing suit season, whiney kids, or how about a blow out with your spouse?  In fact, 75 – 90% of all visits to a primary care physician’s office are related to stress disorders, according to Dr. Don Colbert.

Doesn’t matter where it came from, stress can do a number on your emotional and your physical well-being.  Some common stress symptoms can include sleeplessness, fuzzy thinking, body aches, acne, abdominal pain…and much, much more.

So what’s a gal to do?  Well, first I would suggest you read, Stress Less by Dr. Don Colbert, MD.  He can tell you how it starts, how it affects you and how you can overcome it.

I, on the other hand, say, “Hey…..calm down….take a bath.”

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In fact, throw in some lavender, sandalwood, some Epsom salts and a little ylang ylang essential oils to make bath time a soothing time.  Relax for about 20 minutes and feel the tension go down the drain.

The adrenal glands are an integral part of the endocrine system of hormones.  Those little bad boys play a key roll in regulating the body’s response to stress, so your diet is also very important.  Avoid foods that are taxing on your system like caffeine, sugar and alcohol.   Include some avocados, eggs, chicken, mushrooms and salmon for some excellent sources of pantothenic acid.

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Include some supplements to fortify the body against emotional stress.  Vitamin B complex (50mg twice/day), which supports the adrenal glands; and magnesium (500 mg once/day) and calcium (1000 mg once/day) have natural tranquilizing effects, so you might take those two in the evenings.

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There are many different ways to deal with stress, but the important thing is to maintain the right attitude when the going gets rough.  No matter what happens to you, make up your mind that you are going to go through it with the right attitude.  If you meditate on this principle when things are going good, then when a stressful situation arises you will be prepared to maintain a good attitude.  Discipline yourself to stand strong with your positive attitude in every circumstance!

Philippians 4:19, “And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

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